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Old February 22 2010, 07:43 PM   #46
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Re: US retreat leaves China leading way in race to return to Moon

^What water? There's virtually no water in Venus's atmosphere.

Surviving long enough on the surface to dig your subterranean habitat would pretty much preclude the idea.

Yes, There's so much heat, you would be using most of your power to keep things cool. 900 degrees Fahrenheit is a bitch.
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Old February 22 2010, 08:31 PM   #47
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Floating habitats would actually be fairly practical, if you could prevent them from being torn apart by storm winds and turbulence.
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Old October 1 2010, 07:42 PM   #48
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China moon probe launch a success

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- October 01, 2010Chinese media are reporting on the successful launch of Chang’e 2, an unmanned moon probe that is playing a key role in the country’s effort to scale up its lunar exploration program.Chang’e 2 will take five days to reach a 100 km lunar polar orbit. It is carrying a laser altimeter, a CCD camera, and an impactor that will be dropped from the probe onto the moon's surface at a prospective landing site for a future lander.This week on Spacedaily.com, space analyst Morris Jones questioned why China chose to launch Chang’e 2 on a more powerful Long March 3C rocket instead of the Long March 3A used to carry Chang’e 1. Yong-Chun Zheng of the National Astronomical Observatories in Beijing tells Nature that the choice was made because the Long March 3C would get the probe to the Moon more quickly, in five days instead of 12. A key point seems also to be the desire to scale up the China National Space Administration’s capabilities in preparation for the expected launch of a moon lander in 2013. “The key technology about soft landing on the Moon will be tested in the CE-2 mission. The success of CE-2 will provide important technical basis for the successful implementation of China's future lunar exploration,” says Zheng in a message on the Lunar-L listserv
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Old October 2 2010, 01:05 AM   #49
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Things would have been so much cooler if Venus and Mars had turned out to be habitable, Earth-like planets with plenty of water and breathable atmospheres. Damn you, universe!
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Old October 2 2010, 01:46 AM   #50
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I'm worried more about this being simply an excuse by the Chinese for weaponizing space. I'm very leery of anybody who wants to do this, as the ability to control the space around a planet results in the capability to control the whole planet.

I don't trust any one government with that kind of power.
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Old December 15 2013, 11:59 AM   #51
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China's Chang'e 3 landing on the Moon

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Old December 15 2013, 01:47 PM   #52
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I'm worried more about this being simply an excuse by the Chinese for weaponizing space. I'm very leery of anybody who wants to do this, as the ability to control the space around a planet results in the capability to control the whole planet.

I don't trust any one government with that kind of power.
The Russians and the Americans didn't so why worry about China?

It's not like they can do it in secret so even if they tried international pressure would prevent them from doing that. Even China's legendary "Fuck you world!" attitude wouldn't help them there and why would they? They don't have world domination fantasies like the US.. they are content with being the King of Asia and the world's manufacturing centre which gives them huge power.. why risk it all by being overly militaristic?

Economy is the real power and that's what China is doing (very well).
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Old December 16 2013, 04:35 PM   #53
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C'mon guys don't lose hope. The Soviets launched the first satellite (sputnik), launched the first living mammal into orbit (Laika) and then the first human into space (Gagarin). They had the first space walk (Leonov) and moon exploration (luna 2) and the first space station (salyut 1). We caught up with them in the end and surpassed them.

The US still remains the first and only nation to have humans land on the moon. Twelve Americans have walked on the moon. other countries have zero people walking on the moon. Even if the PRC sends taikonauts to the moon, it will take them several manned moon missions to catch up with the USA.
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Old December 16 2013, 05:56 PM   #54
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That was in the '60, EmoBorg. Ancient history. Feel good verbiage.
Nowadays, USA cannot put a rover on the moon in less than 20 years.
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Old December 16 2013, 09:00 PM   #55
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Old December 17 2013, 12:03 AM   #56
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Nowadays, USA cannot put a rover on the moon in less than 20 years.
That's probably because we're too busy putting all kinds of rovers on Mars, the last one of which was as big as a car and was placed there by a skycrane that was never used before and could have malfunctioned in a million different ways, and yet it was completely successful.
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Old December 17 2013, 02:40 AM   #57
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Screw the Moon. That's so last century. If the Chinese want to be the second country to land a man there, and visit the US flags that have been there nearly half a century, let them have their fun.
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Old December 17 2013, 03:53 PM   #58
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Nowadays, USA cannot put a rover on the moon in less than 20 years.
That's probably because we're too busy putting all kinds of rovers on Mars, the last one of which was as big as a car and was placed there by a skycrane that was never used before and could have malfunctioned in a million different ways, and yet it was completely successful.
USA put men on the moon ~50 years ago and now, it can't put a rover on the moon because of an already completed transport and landing on Mars (which will have no follow-up)?
No. It cannot put a rover on the moon because it does not have the necessary hardware and it needs 20 years to create it. Because, after said lunar landings, it not only stopped going forward, it went in full reverse.
Nowadays, in space related matters, USA is a has been, limited to orbital space, comforting itself with memories of its golden age.
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Old December 17 2013, 04:39 PM   #59
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I think this is quite fantastic, really. If the Chinese program leads to some really extensive lunar exploration, more power to it. The Sixties lunar landings were awesome technical achievements, especially given the technology of the time, but they were really little more than publicity stunts. Anything that leads to greater exploration and understanding is to the good.

And if it prompts the US to try reinvesting in NASA, so much the better. The US and China are -- for all the rivalry under the surface -- already partner-powers economically in a way the US and the Soviets never were, so the possibilities for fruitful international collaboration are there if someone decides to take them.
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Old December 18 2013, 08:36 AM   #60
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USA put men on the moon ~50 years ago and now, it can't put a rover on the moon because of an already completed transport and landing on Mars) which will have no follow-up)?
What does one mission have to do with the other? NASA hasn't sent a rover to the moon because they have no interest in doing so, not because it takes 20 years (according to you) to do so. Mars is what NASA is more interested in now, not the moon. So there will definitely be a follow up.

It cannot put a rover on the moon because it does not have the necessary hardware and it needs 20 years to create it.
Again, where are you getting this 20 year figure from? Did it take 20 years to build Curiosity? No. Did it take 20 years to build Spirit and Opportunity? No. And any of those rovers could have been sent to the moon had NASA been so inclined, and with a much easier set of circumstances. But they went to Mars instead for the reasons above.

Because, after said lunar landings, it not only stopped going forward, it went in full reverse.
So you consider the exploration of Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and all their subsequent moons going "in full reverse" from exploration of the moon?

Nowadays, in space related matters, USA is a has been, limited to orbital space, comforting itself with memories of its golden age.
I didn't realize that the Russians, Europeans, Japanese, Chinese and Indians have sent men beyond orbital space while Americans have just been limited to it. Oh, wait a minute...they haven't.
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